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How long does an ear infection take to cure?

How long does an ear infection take to cure?

Not that long: Simple war infections like external ear canal infections can clear with appropriate treatment in a few days. Chronic middle war infections may take longer time, they may need surgery. ...Read more

Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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Do ear infections usually take long to cure?

Do ear infections usually take long to cure?

It depends: After taking antibiotics for couple of days, some ear infection (i mean middle ear infection by bacteria) may be cleared. However, the recommended treatment course is usually 10 days of antibiotics. Some otitis media can be hard to treat due to resistant bacteria. Middle ear fluid can be a residual after infection but only requires observation. Hopefully it helps. ...Read more

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For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

For how long does an ear infection (otitis media) take to fully heal?

Otitis: The duration of ear infections vary greatly from person to person. Some are treated with antibiotics and can resolve within a week others need a longer time due to the disfunction of the eustacian tube. Age is another factor...Young children sometimes can take a long time and some even need surgical intervention by an ent. (tubes). ...Read more

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How long does an ear infection with out treatment and just pain killers and rest take to clear?

How long does an ear infection with out treatment and just pain killers and rest take to clear?

Depends: The viral ones clear in a few days. The bacterial ones take up to 2-3 months, unless your infection invades the bone behind the ear resulting in a abscess that need surgical drainage. Most will heal without complications, so you might get lucky. It may hurt for quite a while. ...Read more

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Ear infection, how long does it take to get better?

72 hours: On antibiotics or not, it should be better in 48-72 hours. Otherwise follow up with the doctor. ...Read more

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For how long do a ear infection take to fully recover?

For how long do a ear infection take to fully recover?

Depends: Usually they are cleared up in 2 weeks. They can take a month or more, depending on the germ involved and whether or not there is resistance to treatment. Many resolve without any prescription medications. Some resolve with antibiotics. Others do not resolve unless the infection is drained surgically. ...Read more

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How long does it take ear infection to heal completely?

How long does it take ear infection to heal completely?

It depends: Importantly, if you have been treated with antibiotics and by the time you finish your treatment symptoms have not improved or if they are worse, notify your provider for recommendations. They may need to re-examine the area or treat in a different manner. We are frequently seeing infections that can be from resistant organisms and are harder to treat with some antibiotics. Best not to wait! ...Read more

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For how long does it take for an ear infection to heal?

For how long does it take for an ear infection to heal?

Many issues: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks, which means hearing is transiently poor for that period. Fever persisting more than 3 d should prompt a call to the treating physician. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take an ear infection to go?

How long is it supposed to it take an ear infection to go?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long does it take an ear to unblock from an ear infection?

How long does it take an ear to unblock from an ear infection?

Variable: If you have an otitis media, or middle ear infection, an effusion causing a 'blocked' ear can persist even a few weeks. An otitis externa, or swimmers ear, can last 1-2 weeks with proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a ear infection to stop with out medicines?

One week: Studies have shown that simple adult otitis media generally gets better within 5-7 days, even without antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Can a ear infection go away on it's own. If so how long would it take?

Can a ear infection go away on it's own. If so how long would it take?

You mean like: Before antibiotics people had ear infections ; just dealt with them. Over time, some would perforate or a doc could lance the drum (painful). Over time some self healed ; some went on to develop abscesses that required surgery.Some had the ear bones freeze up ; lost some hearing. A few days of simple pain killers or heat from a heating pad may provide relief, but long term outcome could be a pbm. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to fully clear?

How long is it supposed to it take for an ear infection to fully clear?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ear infection to get better without medicine?

See below: 80% of all ear infections are due to viral infections. This usually clear up within a few days to a week. The bacterial infections can take longer without treatment. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of an ear infection to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of an ear infection to go away?

Depends: During any ear infection there is a temporary reduction in hearing due to the muck in the middle ear for up to 2-6 wks. If the infection & muck is not cleared out within 90 days that muck can turn to a glue like material. Some infections clear without meds, some benefit from having the muck removed & ventilation tubes placed. Most hearing will return to baseline. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for the first symptoms of an ear infection occur?

How long is it supposed to it take for the first symptoms of an ear infection occur?

Ear infection: Once you have an infection the symptoms start wiht fullness and dull ache and progresses to sever pain as the pus /fluid build up in the midlle ear. Each infetion is different but one usually will strt having syumptoms the same day in few hours of the onset of infection. ...Read more

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How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

How often and how long should I take amoxil (amoxicillin) tablets for an ear infection?

Discuss with PCP: If you're asking it likely means you have likely self diagnosed & are using some left over med from another illness or other source. This is not a good idea. You could be right, or wrong. Your problem may not require antibiotics & clear on it's own. Timing & duration of any treatment is best assessed by the professional who confirms the diagnosis & need for treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Biaxin (clarithromycin) to start working for an ear infection? I started taking it yesterday evening.

How long does it take for Biaxin (clarithromycin) to start working for an ear infection? I started taking it yesterday evening.

A few days: This type of antibiotic works a little slower than the penicillin based types but eventually works well. The tissue and blood level must build to adequate level while it begins to kill the germs. Much of the discomfort of otitis is caused by the pressure of the fluid/germ mix and take time to improve, regardless of treatment. Pain meds like Ibuprofen helps. ...Read more

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How long does inner ear infection take to go away?

OM: Symptoms of ear infection should resolve in 2 -3 days. Complete resolution of ear fluids may take up to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

For how long does it take for a inner ear infection?

About 1-2 days: If the question is how long does it take for an ear infection to improve on medication, it takes about 24-48 hrs. After the start of antibiotics it may take 24-48 hrs to improve. Some ear infections will improve on their own but it may take longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

How long does it take to get over an ear infection in adults?

5-7 days: Ear infections in adults typically take at least 48-72 hours to start to feel better. Ear infections in adults, are usually secondary to some other illness. Therefore your body needs to heal up from that inciting illness. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an inner ear infection to get better?

Not long.: If the ear infection is treated with an antibiotic, which is usually but not always the case, it should improve in 1-3 days. If it hasn't, call your doctor, since it may be necessary to look again. And determine if the antibiotic should be changed. There are circumstances in which a doctor may choose watchful waiting rather than an antibiotic, then the ear should be rechecked within several days. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

How long does it take for an outer ear infection to get better?

A few days: An outer ear infection (swimmers ear) will get better quickly with proper treatment including medicated ear drops. It may take a few days but as long as the drops get in the ear canal within 2 or 3 days you will be better. If the drops don't go in you will need to see a doctor to have a small piece of sponge put in your ear called a "wick". ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

How long does it take for a ear infection to heal with ear drops.?

3-5 days: If the infection is an inner ear infection - the natural course is about 3-5 days. Anytime a treatment doesn't seem to help after a few days always recheck with your MD. Swimmer's ears (outer ear infections) should also show improvement within the same time period. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get back my hearing lost due to an ear infection?

It varies.: Usually the fluid in the middle ear resolves by 3 months. There are some things that can be done to speed it up. Talk with your doctor. If the fluid has not resolved by three months I will offer patients a tube placement to remove the fluid. This can be done in the office. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hearing to return to normal after ear infection?

How long does it take for hearing to return to normal after ear infection?

Hearing: After an ear infection, the ear drum will be swollen and there could be fluid in the middle ear. Both of these problems need to resolve before your hearing will get better. In children, there are those who take over 3 months for this process. For adults, we don't tolerate it that long. If your hearing isn't back to normal within a month, you should really see an ENT for a full ear evaluation. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

How long is it supposed to it take for fluid to leave your ear after an ear infection?

Depends: If the abx is effective the middle ear pus should be sterilized within 3-4 days. Fever should be down also. The fluid that is trapped with the infection may persist for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long should it take for ear infection to go away when treated with bacrium and ciprodex drops?

How long should it take for ear infection to go away when treated with bacrium and ciprodex drops?

Improvement is rapid: If infection is a true cause of symptoms, then some improvement should be noticed within days with more complete resolution in 5-10days. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for fluid to drain in a toddlers eat after an ear infection is already gone?

4-6 wks: After a true middle ear infection with infected mucous debris, it can take 4-6 weeks for the fluid itself to clear in the absence of repeat infection. Some kids < 1yo can have fluid for up to 3 months with no sign of infection that will also resolve eventually. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Infection (Definition)

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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